My Companion Plants

I've tried many companion plants, and their main qualification was and is tolerance of humid Zone 9 conditions. Lots of them simply became too big for my small garden, and since the daylily population has grown quite large the remaining companion plants have been reduced to my absolutely favorite, can't-live-withouts. So though others were great plants, they are gone and are notated with an asterisk.

Antirrhinum (snapdragon)
Azaleas - 'Red Ruffle', 'Duc de Rohan', 'Mrs G G Gerbing', 'Southern Charm', 'George Lindley Taber', Formosa, and Encore 'Autumn Coral'

Clematis 'Blue Angel'
Clematis 'Duchess of Albany'
Clematis 'Princess Diana'
Clematis 'Venosa Violacea' (2)
Clematis 'Westerplatte'
Clematis 'Henryi'
Clematis 'Jackmanii'
Clematis 'Ville de Lyon'
Clematis 'Purpurea Plena Elegans'
Clematis 'Maria Cornelia'
Clematis 'Perle d'Azur'
Clematis 'Wisley'

Coreopsis 'Early Sunrise'
Coreopsis lanceolata
Dahlberg Daisy *
Dianthus chinensis

Echinacea purpurea
Echinacea 'Pink Powderpuff'

Gaura 'The Bride' *
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' *
Giant Apostle's Iris 'Regina' *

Hollyhock 'Summer Carnival' *

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Merritt's Supreme'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Penny Mac''
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Sister Theresa'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Shooting Star'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Variegata'

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
Hydrangea paniculata 'Pinkie Winkie' *

Liriope 'Evergreen Giant'
Liriope 'Super Blue'
Liriope, Variegated

Pansies & violas *
Phlox Fordhook *
Salvia farinacea
Stokesia Aster


  1. Hollyhocks do great in Tampa Bay. I have two in bloom now. Hopefully later in the season I will have a lot more. I love that they last all Summer. That and my mixed border really make up for when the roses shut down in the heat.
    Andrew Grover

  2. I love your Clematis especially Princess Diana.
    Where do your get them from?

  3. I got all my clematis plants from Brushwood Nursery. They have been wonderful to deal with always giving me great plants at very reasonable prices. Here's their website.